Land Use & Planning
Land use planning in Manitoba
 
Manitoba is a vast province rich with natural heritage. As a result, there is pressure to utilize this heritage from a diversity of interests (e.g. forestry, mining, tourism, agriculture, recreation, settlement and other land uses). To sustain a healthy ecosystem, it is important that the demand for development is balanced with the need to protect and preserve valuable resources and the environment.
 
Land use planning helps communities establish their vision for the future use of land, resources and natural features, and outlines the steps required to achieve that vision. It involves managing land uses and deciding where best to develop homes, parks, agriculture and industry, and where things should be left in their natural state. Land use planning is an essential part of building healthy, prosperous and sustainable communities.
 
Through the planning process, communities can decide the future course of their growth and development and ensure that citizens are involved in the decision making. Sound planning will balance private and public interests and help communities manage change, avoid land use conflicts and respond to future challenges. Land use planning in Manitoba is a partnership between the provincial and local governments and their citizens. Each plays a key role in ensuring the planning process is a success.
 
Manitoba's Role
 
The Province, through The Planning Act sets the legislative framework for land use planning in Manitoba.
 
The Provincial Land Use Policies (PLUPs) set out the Province's interest in land and resources. These policies guide local and provincial authorities in preparing land use plans and making sustainable land use and development decisions.
 
Please click on the links below to review Manitoba's planning legislation and policies:
Role of Local Government
 
In Manitoba, planning districts and municipalities are the local planning authorities responsible for the development of land and resources in their designated planning areas. Using the PLUPs as a framework, these local authorities prepare development plans to chart future land use and development activity for their communities.
 
Local authorities pass zoning by-laws that regulate activities identified in the development plan. These plans also guide and regulate decisions like the subdivision of land, the local provision of infrastructure or other public services.